Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
A federal appeals court found that a trial judge inappropriately ruled that President Clinton violated the Privacy Act by releasing the private letters of his sexual harassment accuser Kathleen Willey, but refused to intervene in the lawsuit that spawned the ruling. The ruling concerned a decision by U.S. District Judge Royce Lambert finding that Clinton’s release of the letters criminally violated the act. The appeals court found it inappropriate for Lambert to make “sweeping pronouncements on alleged criminal activity.” The three-member appeals panel declined Clinton’s petition to intervene in the trial, however, because it determined that Lambert’s pronouncement did not present a threat of criminal prosecution to any White House office members. Conservative group Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit, which concerns the Clinton administration’s alleged violation of the Privacy Act by gathering hundreds of FBI background files of former Reagan and Bush appointees, The Associated Press reports. The appeals court’s decision not to intervene in the case leaves this unresolved. It also means that White House counsel Bruce Lindsay, must respond to trial court demands to reveal deliberations that led to the president releasing friendly correspondence from Willey. Clinton issued the letters the day after Willey, a former White House volunteer, accused the president of making an unwelcome sexual advance. Many of Willey’s letters were written after the alleged 1993 incident.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.